Go Back Alpinus Purple Erinus

Erinus alpinus
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Plant Type: Perennials

Also known as Alpine Balsam. This is a very cute and easy little alpine plant, ideal for shady parts of the rock garden. It forms a low cushion of evergreen leaves, bearing short stems of starry magenta-purple flowers in late spring and early summer. Though short-lived, this will self seed where happy, particularly into crevices and rock walls. Also nice in alpine troughs or gravel scree gardens. Protect from hot afternoon sun in warm-summer regions. In cool areas this will tolerate a fair bit of sun if the soil remains moist.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Flower Color


Foliage Color


Plant Spread

15-20 in.

Good Companions

Plant Height

4-6 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average to moist water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Accent, Alpine , Rock, Containers, Edging , Evergreen

Bloom Time

Late spring/Early summer

Critter Resistance


Part shade

Growth Rate

Seasonal Interests